• WordNet 3.6
    • adj migratory habitually moving from place to place especially in search of seasonal work "appalled by the social conditions of migrant life","migratory workers"
    • adj migratory used of animals that move seasonally "migratory birds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Migratory Hence, roving; wandering; nomad; as, migratory habits; a migratory life.
    • Migratory Removing regularly or occasionally from one region or climate to another; as, migratory birds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • migratory Given to or characterized by migration; roving or removing from place to place; unsettled: as, the pastoral tribes of uncivilized men are generally migratory; to lead a migratory life.
    • migratory Pertaining or relating to migration or to a tendency to migrate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Migratory migrating or accustomed to migrate: wandering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. migratoire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. migrāre, -ātum; cf. meāre, to go.


In literature:

The story of Fred Savery was typical of the unrecognized empire builders who make up the migratory class.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
They are mostly migratory in habit, and are to be found in many other countries.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
What is meant by the "migratory instinct"?
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
The English, chiefly migratory, go there to make money and go home with it.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
The species is migratory, reaching Europe late in April and retiring in September.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
He went on to give a half-connected account of a migratory adventurous sort of life at home and abroad.
"One Of Them" by Charles James Lever
Instincts, migratory, occasional development of, in animals, 642.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
This then is the ordinary migratory distribution.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
Some of the Scottish sees were also migratory.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
The only migratory duck I have observed are the common teal and Brahminy or ruddy sheldrake, and these only in pairs.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler

In news:

Commission approves early migratory season.
Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently approved the early migratory bird seasons for 2010-11.
Special license required for stripers and other migratory fish from the sea.
That's probably because the islands are experiencing a large "fall out" of migratory songbirds.
Chicago Public Radio's Shawn Allee visits with scientists conducting important research on dead migratory birds collected in Chicago.
Last week the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) requesting comment and information on the impact communications towers might have on migratory birds.
Robins protected by migratory bird treaty.
An alliance of North American scientists and conservationists is taking the unusual step of funding a team of Dominican biologists to work in the migratory songbird 's Caribbean wintering habitat.
An alliance of North American scientists and conservationists is taking the unusual step of funding a team of Dominican biologists to work in the migratory songbird's Caribbean wintering habitat.
In an new effort to protect the Bicknell's Thrush , an alliance of North American scientists and conservationists are funding a team of Dominican biologists to work with the migratory songbird's Caribbean wintering habitat.
Carlos Dávila is a migratory troubleshooter .
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites migratory and upland bird hunters to discover nature at an "Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter" workshop in the Hannibal area.
Yellow-bellied sapsucker our only migratory woodpecker.
Location makes Fort Zach a migratory-landbird trap.
With migratory birds often traveling at night, it is difficult for scientists to monitor their declining flocks.

In science:

One direction of special interest in the monitoring of instabilities lies in finding correlations with spatial outcomes, possibly down to the city level in its most significant aspects, such as the housing markets and the migratory movements.
The use of magnetic compass by migratory birds was first described in European robins .
Avian magnetoreception model realized by coupling magnetite-based mechanism with radical-pair-based mechanism
The overall migratory pattern is thought to be related to food supply, which is itself dependent on an uneven distribution of rainfall Grzimek and Grzimek , Talbot and Talbot , Anderson and Talbot , Pennywick , Maddock .
Switching model with two habitats and a predator involving group defence
All of the migratory species (wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle) show similar seasonal shifts in habitats, using short grassland in the south during wet season and tall grasslands in the north during dry season Pennywick and Maddock .
Switching model with two habitats and a predator involving group defence